Home Inspection – What to Expect and How to Prepare

A home inspection is quickly approaching, and it’s a good idea to refresh yourself on what to expect when the inspector arrives, and how to prepare for it!

The Home Inspection Assessment

The inspector will assess heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC), electrical systems, plumbing, attic, roof, floors, doors, windows, the foundation, the basement, and structural components. Following the inspection, he or she will write a report. The process may take two to four hours, depending on the findings and how big the house is.

Sellers may have a home inspected before offering it to a buyer, giving the owner a chance to fix issues before the marketing process. Our pricing ranges from $350 – $800+ depending on the size of the home and if other inspections such as pools are involved. Buyers are advised to pick out their inspectors and check for termites, asbestos, and lead piping. Mold is another issue but sometimes will be referred to a environmental specialist.

Preparing for the House Inspection

Before the inspector shows up, clean the house. A clean home shows you care about the place and makes an excellent first impression when the inspector arrives. In addition to a clean home, be mindful of replacing all the burnt-out bulbs and change the batteries in all smoke detectors.

Be on time, and try to have the house ready 30 minutes before the inspector shows up. If the home is vacant, leave the utilities on so that the inspector can check the stove, run the dishwasher, and do HVAC testing.

Leave room around the furnace and water heaters. 3 to 4 feet of space should be fine. Keep the pilot lights lit and make sure the water heater, gas stove, or furnace work. Allow for space to get into the attic, garage, and basement.

Make a path around your house for exterior inspection. Grab debris, branches, whatever may be blocking the path and move it out of the way.

Show Proof of Repairs and Plan to Leave the House

Provide documents showing any repairs that have been made around or to the house. Give the buyers and the inspector a few hours to look over the house, and take any kids or pets with you when you leave. Some buyers may not feel comfortable with the owner being present, so be ready to leave the house for a few hours.

 Reach Out to Us for Your Home Inspection Needs

After we walk through the home together, we will explain the general condition of the home and systems with you and your agent. We will talk through any major issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. We offer a builder’s warranty inspection. Whether you are a buyer or seller, visit our website and schedule your inspection today!